Draghi’s Term as ECB President and the Challenges Ahead

16-09-2019

Mario Draghi took over as ECB President at a time of recession for the euro area economy and widespread concerns about whether the euro project could be sustained. The years since have seen an easing of fears of the euro breaking up and the economy recover without triggering inflation above its target level. As such, his presidency must be judged a success. Draghi’s achievements go beyond the successful implementation of monetary policy. He also played a key role in encouraging Banking Union and other important institutional reforms. The new ECB President faces a difficult set of challenges. The ECB is not meeting its inflation target; inflation expectations are falling; and there are signs of economic weakness. Like Draghi, the next President will require strong communications, diplomatic and political skills to face these challenges successfully.

Mario Draghi took over as ECB President at a time of recession for the euro area economy and widespread concerns about whether the euro project could be sustained. The years since have seen an easing of fears of the euro breaking up and the economy recover without triggering inflation above its target level. As such, his presidency must be judged a success. Draghi’s achievements go beyond the successful implementation of monetary policy. He also played a key role in encouraging Banking Union and other important institutional reforms. The new ECB President faces a difficult set of challenges. The ECB is not meeting its inflation target; inflation expectations are falling; and there are signs of economic weakness. Like Draghi, the next President will require strong communications, diplomatic and political skills to face these challenges successfully.

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Karl Whelan